Harmony and Bananas?

Who knew that we’d find such great A-PEEL by singing for the folks among the fruits & vegetables? On August 10, the SenateAires were blessed to share some music with the hard-working volunteers at the Marion Polk Food Share who work hard to prepare food for distribution to families and children who are food insecure.  These amazing folks give of their time and energy to make sure that local organizations and distribution points have sufficient food to share in combating hunger.  This is especially important during the summer months, when children don’t always have regular access to lunches at school – often one of their only sources of healthy food.

We sang some songs for the volunteers and staff, who seemed very happy for the break from their hard work.  Our thanks go out to everyone at the Marion Polk Food Share for letting us come in and sing – and especially to the volunteers who work so diligently to help combat hunger.  As members of the Oregon SenateAires, we are proud of our association with the Marion Polk Food Share, and blessed to be able to support their efforts.

We encourage more folks to support the Food Share directly and through our shows and programs.  They are such a great organization that works hard to combat hunger.  If you would like to find out more about the Marion Polk Food Share, you can visit their website here.

Gathering for Veterans

What an honor to be called up to sing the Star Spangled Banner for the dedication of the new Courtney Place Veterans Housing facility in Salem.  On August 10, several members of the SenateAires were bestowed with the honor of singing the National Anthem for those gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the YMCA Veterans Housing apartment complex across the street from the Salem Family YMCA.  With hundreds in attendance, we are grateful to the YMCA for allowing us to participate in the opening of this awesome facility.  It is always a joy to sing for our community, but it is a great honor to do so while taking part in the opening of a facility such as this.  Courtney Place will provide a great number of services to our veterans, who are often an overlooked part of our society, even though they have given us so much.  With hundreds of citizens and dignitaries in attendance, we stood proud to sing our nation’s anthem at the Presentation of Colors by the Oregon National Guard.  Thank you to the staff of the Salem Family YMCA for allowing us to take part in this event.

Successful Show!

What a great show we had on June 25.  The Oregon Spirit Chorus joined us for a fabulous evening of a cappella harmony at the awesome Rose Auditorium at South Salem High School.  What a venue!  The brand-new theater was simply spectacular, and performing again in front of a live audience was exactly what we all needed.  Then there were the three quartets who joined the show; the beautiful Happenstance Quartet, four charming ladies who brought their award-winning vocals to the stage, there was Social Insecurity, who shared their top-quality talents with some of the funniest routines imaginable and, of course, the incomparable Midtown Quartet.  The vocals from Midtown were undoubtedly a preview of what could possibly be the next International Champion Quartet next month in Charlotte, N.C.

Audience members were simply buzzing after the show.  It was heartwarming to hear all the positive comments coming from all directions.  With the events of the past couple of years, I’m sure folks were ready to get out and have an evening of entertainment.  Based on the feedback from the audience, we were certainly successful in providing that entertainment last Saturday evening.

We are so very grateful to all who worked so diligently to make Voices In Harmony a reality.  From top to bottom (that’s Tenor to Bass, I guess), everyone should be proud of what we were able to accomplish.  In particular, we sincerely appreciate the work put in by our two directors, Kathy Scheel and Will Fox.  Their tireless guidance and driving force made it possible for us to give our best.  But, most of all, we want to thank our unparalleled audience.  Without them there is no one with whom we can share our love of music.  We are so blessed to have the opportunity to gather and share our harmony.  It’s great to be a Barbershopper!


On Saturday, April 30, 2022 the SenateAires hosted the Division IV Festival/Contest where quartets and choruses were once again in front of an audience doing what they do best – entertaining! The public was invited to this event as both an afternoon of great a cappella harmony, but also as a way of helping out the Marion Polk Food Share by bringing donations of canned goods and foodstuffs to fill those barrels. The audience was treated to more than just great harmony, but the satisfaction of knowing out they were helping a great cause. The quartets and choruses had such a wonderful time entertaining, and the audience found themselves tapping their feet along with the music. All in all, the afternoon was a great success. We especially want to thank those who attended and brought food for our Food Share partner.

Birthday Surprise in July

July 2021 brought with it several surprises – some great, and some that we wish we hadn’t encountered. Extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest, along with an worsening of the Corona Virus pandemic made singing extremely challenging. Neither of those, however, were going to spoil everything. On the upside of the list was a surprise birthday bash for a brand-new nonagenarian named Bob. A retired professor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Bob was treated by his lovely wife Marilyn to a great party with family and friends. Also part of the festivities were beautiful harmonies delivered by our own Harmony Road Barbershop Quartet. The birthday boy is seen here enjoying the afternoon and the music delivered by our guys. Happy 90th Birthday, Bob – we can’t wait to come back for your 100th!

National Anthem

Oh Say, Can You See?

After a long stretch of getting together for rehearsals only over the Internet, it was an exciting day for the Oregon SenateAires on May 13, 2021.  We were able to stand together IN PERSON at the ballpark to sing the Star-Spangled Banner for opening day of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Baseball Club. This is not the first time we’ve been given this great honor – for several years, we have been privileged to open the Volcanoes’ season singing our National Anthem.  It was wonderful to be able to share our harmony in the Barbershop style with the 1100 fans in attendance.  Baseball history was made as this was the very first game of the all-new Mavericks League and was held in our hometown team’s park. During the 7th inning stretch, we also sang God Bless America for the crowd, and were met with very appreciative comments as we left the field for our seats.  Sharing our hobby with the world is part of the reason we work so hard on our music – and being able to honor our great country and launch another season of our National Pastime made us doubly blessed.

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